DARE: Development Assistance for Rural Enterprise
DARE works with communities and individuals in Isiolo District to enable them to establish alternative sources of income and to improve their ability to successfully combat the worst economic effects of drought, disease and violent livestock raids.
The environment in northern Kenya is harsh and arid. Most of the population are nomadic pastoralists, such as the Maasai, Samburu and Turkana tribes. Although difficult, this way of life is well suited to the local environment. However, a rise in population and the effects of climate change has led to increased competition for already scarce resources, making this traditional way of life increasingly less able to support the communities that rely upon it. With each drought more people become permenantly reliant on the aid and food aid system.
DARE is working with these communities to help them develop alternative livelihoods through trade, tourism and innovative land use projects. The objective of this work is to prevent these communites to avoid the aid trap and become masters of their own development.